Programs for Adolescents With HIV-Positive Parents May Improve Teenagers' Health, Emotional Well-Being, Study Says
August 5, 2004
Programs that help adolescents whose parents are HIV-positive cope with their parents' illness also may improve teenagers' health and emotional well-being, according to a study published in the August issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Reuters Health reports. Approximately 15,000 parents in the United States die from AIDS-related causes annually, and 125,000 U.S. children have lost a parent because of AIDS-related illness. More than 750,000 children in the United States have a parent who is living with HIV/AIDS (McKinney, Reuters Health, 8/3). Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus of the AIDS Institute and Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California-Los Angeles and colleagues studied 307 HIV-positive parents and their 423 adolescent children (Rotheram-Borus et al., APAM, August 2004). Approximately half of the families were enrolled in a program to help the teens learn skills to cope with their parents' illness, including how to manage negative emotions, plan for the future and prevent unsafe sexual behavior and drug use. The remaining families did not participate in the coping program but did receive standard services provided to families affected by HIV/AIDS, including being assigned a social worker (Reuters Health, 8/3).
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